We made this lovely Young Lady’s Autumn inspired 1840s era work dress for Historic Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee. We didn’t have quite enough fabric for a full dress so we got a little creative and added a complementary warm brown and mocha zig zag print to the hemline and cuffs. I think it worked out quite well, don’t you?
We added little decorative covered buttons to tie the contrasting hem and cuffs to the bodice. Using complementary prints is a great way to keep things interesting. So next time you find that perfect print but just don’t seem to have enough yardage, think about adding a second print! That’s what our ancestors did in the 19th century!